Melancholia is not an uplifting film, and it does not give a positive outlook in any way. It is a grim and dark exploration of Justine’s (as well as Von Trier’s) perspective on the world we live in.
Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.
Jacky Petters from Film Takeout writes:
"Lars von Trier was influenced to make this film after a depressive episode he experienced. So why would anybody want to watch a daunting film that revolves closely around depression and doomsday? Because sometimes it’s nice to escape the sappy bullshit we sometimes kid ourselves with. And with the help of cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro, von Trier successfully exposed a common issue and fear among people in the most beautiful and poetic way possible."
Chillopedia: From time to time, disaster movies have shown their monetary potential by rocking the box office. They are also one of the most popular themes for directors to make movies on. That is probably because of the vastness of nature, and how little control man has over it. If there is anything we can be certain about Mother Nature, it is that it is extremely uncertain.